Announcing the Prize for Experimental Non-fiction shortlist!

Two weeks ago we announced the longlisted entries for The Lifted Brow and non/fiction Lab Prize for Experimental Non-fiction for 2017. The prize, now in its third year, encourages non-fiction writers to challenge themselves by testing the limits of their crafts and creativity.

Before we reveal the shortlisted titles for 2017, we would once again like to acknowledge the outstanding entries that made our longlist:

  • ‘New World Cache – mathematically resolved Science Theory Fiction with Feeling and Politics coded in Deep’ – Holly Childs
  • ‘Hasard Objectif’ – Joanna Walsh
  • ‘Atlantis Minor’ – Ben Walter
  • ‘How to find the definition of the word ‘arbitrary’ using JavaScript’ – Alice Allan
  • ‘Carbon Copy’ – Scott Sandwich
  • ‘The Essentials’ – Lei Wang
  • ‘Surrealism, Feminism, Négritude: The Forest for the Trees’ – Terese Svoboda
  • ‘Pray between the Lines’ – Fernando Quigua
  • ‘Total Recall’ – Samantha Giles
  • ‘Four Maps of Dights Falls’ – Harry Saddler
  • ‘Where does it hurt? 20 stories of pain based on the McGill index’ – Sinéad Gleeson
  • ‘Missing Persona’ – Caitlynn Martinez-McWhorter
  • ‘An Architecture of Early Motherhood (and Independence) ’ – Stephanie Guest and Kate Riggs
  • ‘Doughnut’ – Astrid Lorange and Justin Clemens
  • ‘Parts, Sum, &’ – Letta Neely
  • ‘Self-Checkout’ – Fiona Murphy
We are delighted to say that the following pieces have made the shortlist:
  • ‘The Essentials’ – Lei Wang
  • ‘An Architecture of Early Motherhood (and Independence)’ – Stephanie Guest and Kate Riggs
  • ‘New World Cache – mathematically resolved Science Theory Fiction with Feeling and Politics coded in Deep’ – Holly Childs
  • ‘Doughnut’ – Astrid Lorange and Justin Clemens
  • ‘Parts, Sum, &’ – Letta Neely
  • ‘Four Maps of Dights Falls’ – Harry Saddler

A huge congratulations to those shortlisted! The winner and runner ups will be revealed with the publication of Issue 35 of the magazine. Subscribe now to our magazine to be the first to read the winning entry in September.


We want to acknowledge again this year’s brilliant judges—Claudia La Rocco, Wayne Koestenbaum, Fiona Wright, Eileen Myles and Leslie Jamison—who very kindly agreed to volunteer their time and brainpower to pick the best pieces.

Our prize would not exist without the generosity of RMIT’s non/fictionLab as well as the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. We thank both of these bodies for their ongoing support.